Forget percentages. A tip or gratuity is for services rendered. If you receive better than normal service, leave a better than normal tip. If you receive poor service, leave a smaller tip. I have known a few people in the food service industry who complained that their tips were too small. Sometimes they have to be reminded that their service is too small. It's not your responsibility to pay them for doing their job. You just show your gratitude for how well they do their job.
I think you should tip between 15 to 20% of the total bill. The amount of the tip will however be determined by the services that are rendered to you alone. This includes whether the food matched your order, whether it was hot and fresh. How attentive the waiter was to your needs and how quickly the empty dishes were removed from the table will also affect the amount of given as tip.
Yeah, 15% is the standard for standard service. Great service deserves more, and poor service, less. I used to be a waiter so I rarely tip less than 20%, but that's me. I know how hard they work and how little they make. A waiter's income is almost entirely from tips.
Not saying you necessarily are, but if you're overly concerned about leaving too much of a tip, then you don't need to go anywhere where servers are tipped. And if you don't like the service at a restaurant, you don't go back to that restaurant. If you do, then the service apparently wasn't all that bad. Just sayin.
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Last edited at 3:24AM on 2/26/2012
The customary or usual % tip is 20%. If for some reason your waiter or waitress did an exceptional job by being attentive, and your budget allows it, you could add a bit more. I have been with a rather large group of people and the restaurant management adds an automatic 20% tip on the bill. in some cases the waitperson deserves it but in other cases he or she does not. I believe that is very unfair to the customer to pay 20% tip for less than average service. however it seems to be routine that restaurants are doing so. In that case I would speak to the manager and then leave a tip more appropriate for the service I received. however I always tip 15%. From Sunshine Sweetie
Servers only make $2.13 an hour. Which is uncalled for. It is one of the top 10 most stressful jobs. (a true statistic). The proper tip should be between 18 and 20 percent if the tab after taxes. Just ask any chef. Especially; Anthony Bourdain. Or even Howard Stern. Anyone who tips 10 percent has no class. Of course; it depends on the service. They work hard for their money. Don't MESS with the people who handle your food!!! You may suffer the hidden consequences......!!!!!!!!!!